Young girl

Accession Number ART90344
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 16.2 x 15 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil, brown and blue pencil on paper
Maker Slawik, Bernard
Place made Poland: Lwow
Date made c. 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


The Janowska Concentration Camp in Poland was established in 1941 as a forced labour camp for Jewish people and a minority of non-Jewish criminals from the city of Lvov. No children under 12 years old survived the war at Janowska. The twisted, awkward seated position of the young girl in this sketch is a haunting reminder of Slawik's own daughter, who had been left with a Catholic family in Poland when she was 6 months old.